Monthly Archives: September 2013

Adam’s Teeth: An Update

at the dentist

at the dentist

Adrian decided to take Adam to see Dr Rashid Tashir, a dental specialist in paediatric dentistry, at The Kids Dentist. According to Adrian, the dentist took one look at Adam and declared that he needed to have an X-ray taken because there might be fractures. The X-ray showed that 2 teeth were bashed in so far that they may have damaged the adult teeth inside and we will only know for sure and be able to fix them when his adult teeth grow out. 2 or 3 other teeth were bashed in but not far enough to damage the adult teeth and the dentist said that all the bashed-in teeth are likely to revert to their original position on their own. However, his gums were still swollen and bleeding and we were told to keep his teeth and gums very clean to prevent infection.

We had a follow-up yesterday and there is some improvement in his teeth position but we were informed that we are not doing a very good job of keeping his teeth and gums clean! Argh. It’s quite heartbreaking because he’s obviously in pain when we try to brush his teeth and there’s some blood since his gums are still swollen. Adrian says to just go for it but I want to cry and run away when I see the blood on the toothbrush!  :(

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Barbie LIVE! in Singapore

When I was a little girl, I had only one Barbie doll and it was a Party Pink Barbie. My sister and I used to play with our dolls all the time but my sister (being stubbornly unconventional since childhood) had a dark-haired Whitney doll. I do have very fond memories of our games of make-believe with Barbie and friends!

Anya doesn’t have any Barbie dolls (yet) but has come across them at her cousin’s place so she’s familiar with Barbie. She was very excited about the Barbie LIVE! show and sat through the entire performance in rapt attention. Both kids relished the catchy music, energetic dancing and striking costumes. Anya could appreciate some of the jokes in the show and she was very annoyed with the ‘villains’ who were plotting against Barbie’s friend, Teresa. Adam had a good time clapping along to the music.

I liked that the show focussed on themes of friendship, loyalty and the importance of believing in yourself. By drawing upon lessons learnt from Barbie’s princess movies, the show managed to appeal to the little ones who are already familiar with these movies. While jaded ol’ me found the storyline just a tad predictable, the kids definitely enjoyed the show!

friendship was a clear theme in the show

friendship was a clear theme in the show

Barbie as Odette in Swan Lake

Barbie as Odette in Swan Lake

the 'villains' plotting against Barbie's friend

the ‘villains’ plotting against Barbie’s friend

Barbie as a fairy

Barbie as a fairy

it's the lighting but Ken & Barbie look very doll-like here!

it’s the lighting but Ken & Barbie look very doll-like here!

Barbie in Princess and the Pop Star

Barbie in Princess and the Pop Star

the finale

the finale

well done!

well done!

Barbie LIVE! is on at Marina Bay Sands – Sands Theatre until Saturday, 14 September. Tickets are priced from $35 onwards and are available from SISTIC. The show is approximately 2 hours long including a 20 minutes interval. Catch it while you can!

Disclaimer: We were invited by Nuffnang to watch this performance. All opinions are my own.

Kiddy Fun at The Grandstand

Adam’s birthday fell on a Monday so after work, I went to my mum’s and took him out for a day of one-on-one time, just the two of us. It’s really rare for us to be able to spend time together without Anya around. She wasn’t too happy that we were going out without her but grudgingly accepted it since she knew it was her brother’s birthday.

Kiddy Fun is great for kids around Adam’s age. The surfaces are all padded so I don’t have to worry about him banging his hand on anything. His favourite was a little room with balloons being blown all over. He went quite mad running around and grabbing them! He didn’t really want to try the moving rides at first but eventually warmed up to them and couldn’t get enough.

Kiddy Fun at The Grandstand

Kiddy Fun at The Grandstand

in the balloon room

in the balloon room

being cheeky in the ball pit

being cheeky in the ball pit

blocks galore!

blocks galore!

huge foam blocks to build with

huge foam blocks to build with

crawling around and hiding from me

crawling around and hiding from me

didn't like sitting on this

didn’t like sitting on this

he only likes the duck

he only likes the duck

wrong slide?

wrong slide?

going round and round

going round and round

in the helicopter

in the helicopter

spinning the flower

spinning the flower

After 2 solid hours of play, we headed to Pasar Bella to meet Adrian for dinner. They had a good time looking at the live seafood and sneaking up on the lobsters. It was really wonderful to be able to spend that bit of time with Adam and be able to give him our full attention. It’s not easy being the second kid (I speak from experience) so I hope to take him out alone more often!

scary lobsters

scary lobsters

full attention of both parents!

full attention of both parents!

Fisher-Price Early Learning Fund 2013

The thing about Adam and Anya is that they love to play together but tend to want to play with the same thing at the same time!

she loves this board, but her brother wants it too!

she loves this board, but her brother wants it too!

riding along on his lion at great grandma's place

riding along on his lion at great grandma’s place

loves the music!

he loves the music and lights!

We recently got a Go Baby Go! Stride-to-Ride Lion for Adam and he loves zooming around on the lion’s back while it plays music and lights up. His favourite bit is being able to start the music by patting the lion’s nose. The Stride-to-Ride lion is suitable for kids 9 to 36 months old. The little ones can use it to learn how to stand, balance and walk and the older ones like Adam can ride around on it. I appreciate the volume control button and the fact that I can turn off the sound completely!

As much as he loves his lion ride, he can’t resist disturbing his sister when she’s busy with her Kid-Tough Doodler Classic! It’s amazing how long Anya can sit and doodle on the Doodler Classic. She draws pictures on it, practices her letters and makes patterns with the stampers. The Doodler Classic is suitable for kids 3 years and up but Adam really enjoys doodling with it and making a mess with the stampers.

If you think the Stride-to-Ride Lion and Doodler Classic look fun, now is a great time to shop for it and other Fisher-Price toys because you stand to win S$10,000 cash scholarship in the Early Learning Fund campaign!

Fisher-Price launched an early learning fund last year aimed at helping parents give their children a head-start in life. The Early Learning Fund campaign gives parents the chance to win S$10,000 cash scholarship when they purchase Fisher-Price toys. In addition, 20 winners of a weekly draw will each receive a Fisher-Price Learning Hamper worth S$1,000. The more products that customers purchase, the higher their chances of winning the grand prize.

Take part in the Early Learning Fund campaign by spending $20 on any Mattel Fisher-Price products (excluding Thomas & Friends). Submit the contest form with the purchase receipt by post or email, or upload a photo of the purchased item together with receipt on the Fisher-Price (SEA) Facebook page to qualify.

For more information, visit the Fisher-Price (SEA) Facebook page or the Fisher-Price Joy of Learning website!

I received the Fisher-Price Go Go Baby! Stride-to-Ride Lion and Kid-Tough Doodler Class for review purposes. All opinions are my own.